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A Decade of Design Evolution

Saturday, July 10th, 2010
Web design styles have been evolving rapidly in recent years, and the design industry has sprouted up like an over watered Chia Pet, incubated in an industrial green house, and crammed full of Miracle Grow laced with crystal meth. I clearly remember the time (circa 1990′s) when the only sites available to help you put up your website were along the lines of cgi-resources.com and htmlgoodies.com. You got a basic script that did mostly what you wanted, hacked away at it, and tried to figure out how to make some sort of basic layout nesting and re-nesting tables until finally a family of birds moved in.

Themes? Templates? Skins? There were a few “free template” sites around back then, but they were fairly obscure, and commercial templates were virtually non-existent. A script came with one look – plain, and if you wanted to change it, you spent a few weeks in Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop pasting together graphics and inserting rotating gifs. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then you haven’t been webmastering until sometime in the 2000′s when starting up a site had become easier and prettier.

Since commercial template design entered the scene in the 2000′s, the styles on the market have been constantly changing, especially over the last few years. Below, we’ve compiled a comparative sampling from 2001 through 2010 showcasing the evolution of designs. You’ll be shocked at where we started with our layouts and just how far we’ve come.
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Designing the Cover of a Lingerie Menu

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

We’re now well into spring with summer on the way, and nothing represents warm summer beauty better than dark black leather bras and panties. Today’s tutorial teaches the effects we used on our Flower Blossom Lingerie Menu, including the use of water color brushes, creating the look of movement in color, applying tanner looking skin, using glow to pop a figure out from a background, as well as a variety of other effects and brushes. However, our research indicates that 0% of our users will have read past the word “panties”, and will have immediately begun scrolling thereafter. Therefore, it will not matter what I write past this point, so I will simply post part of a poem written by Data on Next Gen: “Felus catus, is your taxonomic nomenclature, an endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature? Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.”

You can download the Flower Blossom Menu Template with full PSD and AI source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. (more…)

Design a Dark and Sensuous High Heel Print Newsletter

Monday, April 5th, 2010

She’s got legs, she knows how to… insert them… into a well designed print newsletter template, and after reading today’s tutorial, so will you. Today’s Photoshop tutorial will teach you all of the effects needed to recreate the sexy, dark, and inviting High Class Heels newsletter template. Perhaps I could convince the leg model that posed for this photo to take a walk around on those stems and find that Leprechaun that stole my vodka last St. Patrick’s day. Did I mention that it was raspberry ice tea flavored?

You can download the High Class Heels print newsletter template with full PSD and AI source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. (more…)

Make a Print Ready Easter Greeting Card from Scratch

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Easter is upon us, and what better way to celebrate then by sitting in front of the computer and learning new Photoshop techniques for creating festive holiday greeting cards (at least it will get you away from the Wii for a while and let your knees recover from the balance board step-ups – amirite?). By the way, if you happen across the Easter Bunny, ask him if he saw that Leprechaun that stole my vodka last week. Anyway, today’s tutorial will show you how to design most of the Painted Egg Greeting Card.

You can download the Painted Egg Greeting Card with full PSD source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. (more…)

Draw a Clip-on Style Navigation

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Friends, are you tired of your navigation never staying up? Post-it note navigations lose their adhesiveness and fall flat, scotch tape navigation can tear up your background color and leave a sticky mess, and push pin navigations leave awful holes on your website! Now, you can have a tidy clip-on navigation that will stay up as long as you like with no messy glue or ugly holes left behind! All you will need is a copy of Adobe Illustrator, a block of wood, a doughnut, a ball of twine, three nails, a club sandwich, a bucket of ice, and a hatchet as sharp as the devil himself.

Required Items:

Adobe Illustrator, a block of wood, a doughnut, a ball of twine, three nails, a club sandwich, a bucket of ice, and a hatchet as sharp as the devil himself

You can download the Nature Care Template and it’s tidy clip-on note navigation, with full PSD source files and sliced table free HTML pages for this template in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. (more…)

Design a Traditional St Patrick’s Day Logo Inside a Texturized Flyer

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! For the rest of this tutorial I will be speaking with an Irish accent, however, you probably won’t notice because there is no audio in this lesson; oh well. Anyway, where’s that leprechaun that stole my vodka… now I forgot what, oh yeah, the tutorial thing. Sorry about all of the confusion, I started celebrating St Patrick’s Day early this year. Moving on, this is the tutorial will show you how to design the wood grain style logo of the St Pat Promo Flyer.

You can download the St Pat Promo Flyer Template with full PSD source in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. (more…)

Faking a Dental Ad: From Gorgeous to Gross – Reverse Cosmetic Dentistry

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

You’ve seen those dental ads – the ones where they take a wicked nasty smile and make it look kissibly fresh. Are the dramatic changes in the patient’s once monstrous mouth representative of the pinnacle of dental precision or were the pictures photoshopped to perfection? We’ll probably never know, however we thought it would be fun to go the other way with this reverse cosmetic dentistry tutorial, where we made an ugly set of teeth for a dental template’s “before” photo, and kept the original spotless smile as the after in the Delicious Smile Template.

You can download the Delicious Smile Template with full PSD source files and sliced table free HTML pages for this template in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products. Get a membership here. (more…)

How to Draw the Overhead Lighting Navigation from the Pizza House Template

Sunday, January 24th, 2010
This tutorial will show you how to use Adobe Photoshop to make a spotlight effect for use on a navigation on a website or a template (this effect was used in our Pizza House Template). The goal is to design a quaint, Italian restaurant style, hand written chalk looking menu board with charming overhead lighting.

You can download the Pizza House Template, along with the full PSD source files for this template in BoxedArt’s members section, as well as thousands of other website templates and web design products.

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My Picks for Color Pickers – 18 Online Tools for Generating Color Schemes

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

There’s no denying it, color is critical to web design and print.  Selecting the right colors for your layout can be either be a real drag or a lot of fun. I’ve googled through several dozen color tools from quirky to cool, and have provided a list of my 18 favorite online color tools. WARNING: Though helpful, these tools may also be distracting! (more…)


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